Comment: Devils shake off league heartache – and it was worth it
It may have been only two weeks since the Cardiff Devils lost their last game and league title to Coventry Blaze, leaving the title to Belfast Giants.
But these two weeks would have made Andrew Lord's men rise to the top of the hierarchy – and they did.
They needed every player, a man, to show up and be counted. They needed big game players to play. My God, Cardiff gods did it with great effort.
We saw guys like Joey Martin, Jake Morrissette, Matthew Myers, Mark Richardson, Ben Bowns and others practice each year, and when Lord needed it, they delivered their bodies.
Bowns in particular was exceptional. His contribution to the defense of the Giants was just as important as the goals they had scored and how he had managed to save Jordan Smotherman's CELA, who knows it. The images of a Belfast man shaking his head in disbelief say everything.
I saw a tweet of someone who was saying something like to be entertained with Cardiff fans who would be very happy to see the British keeper. Do not you care about me? If they watch this game again and tell me that they are still like that, they should go for another sport.
I think of at least nine other teams that would welcome him so heartily and, on this form, could play a big role for GB when they go to Slovakia for the World Championships the month next.
Then comes the winning goal. Gleason Fournier had a memorable season and what a way to limit it. A big movement in the middle, which nudged Matt Pope, who reminded him as Tyler Beskorowany loomed on the horizon. A slight trail inside and a drop in the net.
That's for sure, it's a high-lift goal and the type of finish you can watch over and over again. It's so good and worthy of being the winner of any major final.
However, the Belfast Giants finish the season with their dream of the Grand Slam in ruins and, I admit, I won them and their work accomplished.
The idea of finishing Colin Shields under these circumstances would have been truly incredible, not to mention its achievements in itself.
Giants can be proud of their season and it may take a little while before the situation happens that way.
As for the team itself, it's more than clear that she's in good hands under Adam Keefe, who is in her second year as a coach, let's not forget.
He greatly improved the team that won the Challenge Cup last season and the challenge is to try to retain the title. The pain of this finale will serve to remind that success can sometimes have costs.
Although he did not live up to the survivor of the year 2017, it was an excellent watch and Cardiff is rightly happy to have a reward for an otherwise excellent season.